IHACC back in Iqaluit to conduct final Food Security and Stomach Illness Survey


In September 2012, the Indigenous Health Adaptation to Climate Change (IHACC) project conducted a survey in Iqaluit.  The survey collected information on food security and stomach illness (diarrhoea and/or vomiting) in Iqaluit.  Local trained surveyors went door-to-door and conducted surveys with 532 randomly selected households in the city. A community event was then held at Parish Hall in March 2013. Free Bannock and Char Chowder were served, and community members were able to learn more about the health research project. Community members also learned about the IHACC project’s work on Indigenous health in Peru, Uganda, and the Canadian Arctic.

IHACC has now returned to Iqaluit, and local surveyors will be knocking on doors again to conduct more surveys from May 18th – May 31st, 2013.  The survey takes place twice to see if food security or stomach illness changes in different seasons.  The survey takes less than 20 minutes to complete.  Each household that completes the survey will receive a $20 gift card to Baffin Gas, Baffin Canners or NorthMart. Households that complete the survey will also be entered for a chance to win one of 3 spectacular $500 prizes, as well as one of 20 $50 prizes!  If you are not home when the surveyors knock on your door, they will leave a door hanger with all the information you need to get in touch with them should you wish to do the survey.

The whole team invites you and your family to participate in the survey. Local project partners and IHACC will use the information to create community programs.  The research team will share the research results with the community in the fall 2013. We hope to meet you this May!

If you would like more information about the Indigenous Health Adaptation to Climate Change (IHACC) Project, please contact Sheri at harpers@uoguelph.ca or call 867-979-7201.  You can also speak to the research team at the information table at North Mart on Saturday May 18th and 25th from 11am - 2pm.